Soups are no longer boring! There was a time when Tomato Soup was a staple on every menu and soup at home always meant mixed vegetables stewed and pureed. Now soups are considered the most versatile and aromatic dish of a meal. Usually served hot, soups make cold days, cozy and served cold, they are refreshing on a hot day. Soups can be enjoyed as a way to start a meal or as a side dish and even as a complete meal.
There are 2 types of Soups – Thick and Thin soups. Consommés are thin soups, very rich in flavour but served completely clear. Broth is another savoury soup made with a combination of vegetables and herbs simmered and strained and served fairly thin. Purée (potage) is a thick soup made of vegetables and reduced to uniform consistency like pea or pumpkin soup. To make the same soup, creamy, white sauce is added to purees, like in cream of mushroom soup.
Whether you use spices, herbs or even edible flowers, garnishing makes any dish look good. Depending upon the soup you have made you can match flavours and add granishes accordingly. Grated hard cheese, dollop of cream, knob of butter work well for thick soups and should be added just upon serving. While for clear or thinner soups, chopped fresh herbs (parsley, coriander, oregano), juliennes of ginger or garlic work better.
Add-ons for Soups:
Since soups are served to start a meal, they aren’t usually fortified unless you make or order traditional soup meals like Laksa or Chowder. Thin soups in general are lower in fat and nutritive content as compared to thick soups which tend to be heavy. Here are a few ideas of add-ons for soups that not only make the dish more delicious but healthier and more satisfying too.
- Proteins: add cubes of tofu or paneer, roasted nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds.
- Veggies: from leftover veggies to frozen veggies, adding veggies like peas, carrots, spring onions, potato, pumpkin, zucchini, you can increase the fiber, vitamins and minerals in the soup.
- Fiber: best way to add fiber, is by serving fried or baked croutons with creamy soups or adding beans to thin soups.
- Cereals: cereals come in the form of macaroni, spaghetti or your favourite pasta shape, kids love noodles in soup.
- Dairy: thicken soups with white sauce which has milk or fresh cream to up the diary quotient of your dish.
- Herbs: sprinkle your favourite herbs and spices to boost the flavour of soups. Though pepper is fairly neutral, red chilli flakes can add quite a kick too. Among herbs, fresh herbs work better in thin soups and dried in thick soups.
Make it Meal:
A good way to make a Soup course into a main course is by adding appropriate sides. We suggest the following combinations but feel free to mix and match your favourite Vegit Instant Snack Mixes with your favourite soups. A great way to bring the meal together is by adding fresh bread or dinner rolls to add healthy carbohydrates.
Vegit Aloo Tikki – Thick Tomato Soup
Vegit Soya Rolls – Cream of Mushroom Soup
Vegit Cheese Balls – Minestrone Soup
Vegit Hara Bhara Kebab – Spicy Mulligatawny Soup